I read this really interesting post on the Parentous website last week. About a mother’s worry of waking up her child early to get ready for school. Do read before you continue with my post here.
My daughter has been an early riser since she was born.She used to get up by 4 every morning for a feed and would sleep only after 9 when she had her bath. Eventually when I started office, she would get up by 5 every.single.morning. She didn’t know the meaning of weekends obviously. Which meant that I had to do all the cooking and stuff BEFORE that.
Then she started daycare. Her daycare would start at 8 in the morning, which meant leaving home at about 7.30 AM. She would still be getting up at about 5.30 everyday. And then when she started school, her timings were from 8.15 to 11.15. Which still meant leaving home by 7 ish to catch the school bus by 7.35 AM.
So do I feel it’s affecting her health? Not really. I am a big fan of, infact, morning school. Schools that start at 7 and end by 1. The good part is you get up early, eat a great breakfast at school and come home for lunch. Snooze a little, do some homework and go out to play and go to bed early.
The school timings from 9 to 4 somehow remind me of office timings and the drawback is you don’t get time for anything, neither in the morning nor in the evening. Plus lunch at school, bah
I guess to each his/her own. In case of early morning school, here is what my mother followed and here is what I follow as well
1. Milk in the morning after brushing teeth is compulsory unless R is really sick. One full glass, no questions asked
2. Sleeping early by 9.30 max. That’s like the upper limit. Most days the lights are off by 9. No TV on weekdays, helps me follow this rule pretty easily
3. Her daycare ensures she sleeps in the afternoon for at least an hour. Most people frown on the habit of afternoon sleeping (it adds to the weight, it makes people lazy, yaada yaada) but my amma has been sleeping in the afternoon for almost all her life for about 20-30 minutes and I find her in pretty good health eh?
4. Giving R something to eat in the bus takes away the tension of her not eating anything till 9.30 in the morning. I usually take dry fruits, banana, chocos (on rare days!), khakhara, and sometimes biscuits. This ensures she is not totally hungry (she has had milk anyways) by the time she eats her tiffin in school
5. Giving a healthy tiffin to school. Whole wheat sandwiches, idlis,dosas, poha, roti bhindi, dal rice are the usual ones in her lunch box. It’s a good thing that her school insists on home cooked, no junk food. (though I have seen some children get cream biscuits to school, but as of now the brat has been listening to me!)
Having said all this, I do believe that children should get ample sleep because lack of sleep affects their health a lot!
So what’s your idea? Morning school, mid day school, or afternoon school?
PS – The brat’s school timings change from 11.15 to 5.15 from next year till her class 4 (boohooohooo!) I hate afternoon school.
Earlier posted here